About Lake Murphy
Nestled beneath the low Murphy's Range in the central highlands, Lake Murphy remains largely unchanged from the days when Europeans first passed this way.
Lake Murphy provides a seasonal refuge for waterbirds. This perched lake fills only when nearby Robinson Creek overflows, and has been dry five times in the past two centuries. The shaded, grassy campsites near Lake Murphy are a great place to spend the night and watch the sun set over the lake. Even when the lake is dry, this is a peaceful and beautiful spot.
- Read more about the nature, culture and history of the Central Queensland Sandstone Belt.
- Preferably use a fuel stove. Open fires are permitted in the campground fire rings only. Please observe any fire bans.
- Leave domestic animals at home. Pets disturb native wildlife and other campers.
- Leave all plants and animals undisturbed.
- Use toilets if available. Away from toilets, ensure all faecal matter and toilet paper are properly buried (15cm deep) well away from tracks, campsites, watercourses and drainage channels (at least 100m away). Take disposable nappies and sanitary products out of the park and dispose of appropriately.
- When washing cooking equipment, always wash at least 100m from streams and lakes. Waterways should be kept free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, sunscreens and food scraps.
- Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not bury rubbish—take it with you when you leave. This includes cigarette butts, which do not decompose.
- Do not bring firearms or other weapons into the park.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manages Lake Murphy Conservation Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
Taroom Visitor Information Centre
10 Yaldwyn Street, Taroom Qld 4420
Open Mon–Fri 10am–2pm (Dec–Feb)
Mon–Fri 9am–4pm (Mar–Nov)
ph: (07) 4628 6113
For information on road conditions contact:
- RACQ (The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland)
- Department of Transport and Main Roads, or
- phone 13 19 40.
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.
The natural, cultural and historical significance of Lake Murphy
- Park closed for pest animal management operations 27–30 September 2022